Google's Chrome browser looks set to get touch gesture support for users with compatible hardware, with experimental support appearing in the latest developer build.
The new touch capability has been added into the latest Chrome Canary release, according to a tipoff by a source to The Verge. The nightly Canary builds are used by Google developers to test out new features before they find their way into the release version of Chrome.
According to the source, a new slide-to-navigate feature has been added to Chrome, reminiscent of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser in Windows 8, along with pinch-to-zoom support.
V3 contacted Google for more information on the update but had received no reply at the time of publication.
The plans to build a touch-optimised version of Chrome come after the firm unveiled the Chromebook Pixel earlier this year, a £1,000 touch-enabled device that continued the expansion of its range of hardware.
The update will also be key for the numerous Windows 8 devices with touch capabilities hitting the market. Google unveiled a version of Chrome for Microsoft's Modern UI last year, but both it and Firefox developer Mozilla have complained about the difficulties in developing a browser for Windows 8. They both cited problems making browsers that can run in both the new environment and the traditional Windows desktop, something Internet Explorer is capable of doing.
Mozilla told V3 earlier this year that it still plans to release a version of Firefox that will be capable of running in both environments, but this effort still appears to be in progress.
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